Monday, 16 December 2013

Most Wonderful Video Of The Year

Hockey has a pretty strong following in the province of Manitoba. There are new junior teams, there was the return of that NHL thingy, and there's chatter of a WHL team possibly setting up shop in Winnipeg within the next few years. All in all, hockey is taking Manitoba by storm - or vice versa? - and it shows no sign of slowing. In saying this, one of Manitoba's newest junior teams, the Virden Oil Capitals, have put together a video that has all the makings of the holiday season with a twist. And it's pretty darn good!

Normally, videos posted on HBIC contain some sort of violent act that should be reprimanded. Thankfully, the Oil Capitals aren't a part of this trend. The MJHL team's marketing manager thought it would be a good idea to get the team to do some sort of holiday video in the hopes of drawing a little attention to the team. Within 48 hours, the team's YouTube video had gone viral in a big way as CBC picked it up amongst other outlets. I had been told about the video on Saturday, but didn't actually get around to watching it until yesterday. I'll say that was a mistake because this video is AWESOME!

Full credit to Lindsey Gullett and the marketing team of the Virden Oil Capitals because I'm impressed. The lead man with his manly moustache that carries the bulk of the lip syncing is twenty year-old defenceman Curtis Houlden, and he does a magnificent job in raising some Christmas spirit. Kudos to the entire Ice Capitals team because this video is all about the spirit of Christmas.
Without any pause, I can say that I am proud to be from Manitoba with an effort like this. Well done, lads! I was especially impressed with the two spinning goaltenders, Adam Irwin and Kyle Beckett, and the spin move pulled off by #14 Jordan Greig. This felt like a Broadway production with all that choreography and timing! If any of these guys are looking for summer work, Rainbow Stage may be looking for extras in their plays!

Honestly, it's nice to see the players having a little fun while raising some Christmas cheer. Excellent work, Ice Capitals! Enjoy the holidays, and all the best as you look to wrap up top spot in the MJHL's Sher-Wood Division!

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

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